A strange and wondrous creature.....

On my walk this morning, I found a porcupine (istrice in Italian) quill.  Being Australian, I had never seen a porcupine until we came to live here.  I would have to describe them as "fascinatingly ugly"- or "ugly but fascinating" - something like that.  To see them caught in the car's headlights with their strange pig-like faces and their quills standing on end is truly an incredible, almost scarey, sight. A couple of nights ago, I saw one running by the side of the road with his quills lying down.  The brown and white quills lying flat like a thick mat on his back certainly made him more pleasant to see!

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